The School of Law at University of Connecticut

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Karen DeMeola
Application deadline March 15
Full-time program application fee $60
Part-time program application fee $60
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at University of Connecticut

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 34.7% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.45
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 159

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 31.0%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 158-163
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.21-3.64
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.48
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 161

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 26.0%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 154-158
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.23-3.63
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.43
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 157

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.S.W.
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.P.A.
J.D./M.P.H.
J.D./LL.M Insurance Law
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
In-house clinics represent low-income taxpayers, political asylum seekers, entrepreneurs, and criminal defendants. Other clinics focus on prosecution, mediation, children’s advocacy, urban revitalization, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and environmental law. Certificate programs in tax, IP, law and public policy, and human rights, plus foreign study and dual degree programs are available.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 164
Seminars 71
Positions available in seminars 1,311
Positions available in simulation courses 710
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 250
Student activities (as provided by the school)
With about 700 students in its day and evening divisions, the School provides a supportive intimate learning environment. Classes rarely exceed 70 students and last year more than 100 classes had fewer than 25. Students participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, including four journals, many advocacy-training and public interest organizations, and more than 20 other student groups.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 67
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 25
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 753
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 537
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 236
Full-time students involved in field placements 109
Full-time students involved in law journals 154
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 42
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 76

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 50
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 233
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 162
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 12
Part-time students involved in field placements 40
Part-time students involved in law journals 23
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 2
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 40

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 10.8:1 – Low
Full- and part-time faculty 89
Full-time minority faculty 9.8%
Part-time minority faculty 4.2%
Total faculty 101
Total faculty (men) 66.3%
Total faculty (women) 33.7%
Total faculty (minorities) 7.9%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#62 Best Law Schools

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#67 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#13 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 51
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.9
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.0
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.21-3.64
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.45
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 157-163
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 159
Acceptance rate 34.7% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 10.8:1 – Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 53.8% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 81.1% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 95.1% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CT
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 81.5%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 616

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 461

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 155

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Second-year students discontinuing law school 0.5%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 0.3%
Female students discontinuing law school N/A

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Roberta Frick
Financial aid phone (860) 570-5147
Financial aid application deadline March 15

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $22,052 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $45,548 per year (out-of-state)
Part-time: $15,392 per year (in-state)
Part-time: $31,812 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $12,036
Books $1,376
Miscellaneous expenses $3,314
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 31.2%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 30.2%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.7%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 2.4%
Median grant amount $10,200
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $9,000–$16,000
Full-time students receiving grants 64.4%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 30.3%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 4.5%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.3%
Median grant amount $5,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $2,800–$7,000
Part-time students receiving grants 36.1%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $65,639
Proportion who borrowed 85.3%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 89,604
Microform titles 72,294
Electronic titles 73,391
Other non-book titles 820
Total titles 236,109
Volumes (excluding microforms) 338,990
Volume equivalent microforms 233,510
Total volumes and volume equivalents 572,500
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 89
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 60
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 29
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 60
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 5
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 60
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 35
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 6

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 5
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 388
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 370
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 20
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 91,391
Total seats available for library users 904
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Our beautiful 21-acre campus, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, has five Gothic buildings located in the historic west end of Hartford, Connecticut’s capital city. The library, built in 1996, has the capacity to house 925,605 volumes and can seat more than 700 patrons. Modern classrooms and mock courtrooms provide state-of-the-art instructional technology.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CT
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 95.1% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 81.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 212
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 53.8%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 81.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.9%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.1%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 53.8%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 37.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 4.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 5.7%
Graduates whose employment status is known 94.3%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 81.1%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 7.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 3.3%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $65,000
Median private sector starting salary $97,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $130,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 68%
Median public service starting salary $53,838

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 2.9%
Percent employed in business and industry 20.3%
Percent employed in government 14.5%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 9.9%
Percent employed in law firms 47.7%
Percent employed in public interest 4.7%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 66%
Graduates employed out-of-state 34.3%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 16
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 82.5%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 7.6%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.6%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 4.7%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.2%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.7%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.7%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The School takes pride in its students’ careers and works to help them meet their goals. We require first year counseling sessions, offer dozens of programs annually and field recruitment programs on-campus and in cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago, and DC. Staff includes five licensed attorneys who maintain an array of print and online materials for access to thousands of job opportunities.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 75.6%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 93.8%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 11.6%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 80.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 11.6%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 75.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 1.2%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 0.0%

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